The sidekick. The companion. The BFF. The non-lead character. Today I’d like to take the time to celebrate all those who, for the most part, play second (or third or fourth) fiddle. Those who just don’t get enough time in the spotlight. Because sometimes the other guys and gals are just as awesome.
Toph Beifong – Avatar: The Last Airbender
Toph’s strong, sarcastic nature is one of the things that really drew me to her. Although many doubt her abilities because she is blind, her determination and confidence helped prove them wrong. She remains one of the greatest Earthbenders of all time.
John Watson – Sherlock (BBC 2010)
Not only is John best friends with Sherlock, he is also his moral compass. Even after having endured what Sherlock put him through in The Hounds of Baskerville, John stands by his side. They have what some may call a bromance.
Luna Lovegood – The Harry Potter Series
The quirky Ravenclaw witch who made wearing dirigible plums cool is the one character from this series whom I’d most like to be BFFs with. Even though other students thought she was weird and sometimes stole her shoes, Luna still managed to see the good in everyone. A trait that I greatly admire.
Inigo Montoya – The Princess Bride
Among the pirate, princess, giant, and Spaniard, Inigo was always my favorite. I was far more intrigued by Inigo’s quest to avenge his father’s murder than Westley’s mission to rescue Buttercup. And when he finally comes across Count Rugen, oh man, such a great duel.
Martha Jones – Doctor Who (2005 reboot)
After having recently lost his love, the Doctor met Martha Jones, the bad ass woman who ends up saving the world. Like many before her, she couldn’t help but fall in love with the Doctor. Unfortunately, the Doctor was blind to Martha’s affection. Now, I can’t speak for everyone out there, but I bet a lot of us have been in her situation at least once in our lives.
Samwise Gamgee – The Lord of the Rings Series
The humble best friend of Frodo Baggins is nothing short of a hero himself. On the surface he’s a typical hobbit, having never ventured far from the shire before embarking on the epic journey with the rest of the fellowship. Fueled by courage, love, and loyalty, Sam was able to protect Frodo from going completely mad while he possessed the One Ring.
Sure, everyone loves a good protagonist. But sometimes it’s the characters who are on the sidelines, the fearless ones with tremendous heart, that really resonate with you.
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